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Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'In this riveting memoir Beth persuades her ageing parents on a road trip around their former home, Malaysia. She intends to retrace their honeymoon of 45 years before, but their journey doesn't quite work out as she planned. Only the family mantra, ‘Eat first, talk later' keeps them (and perhaps the country) from falling apart. Around them, corruption, censorship of the media, detentions without trial and deaths in custody continue. Protests are put down, violently, by riot police.

Her parents argue, while, lovelorn after a failed relationship in Paris, Beth tries to turn their story into a Technicolor love story. Meanwhile, she's embroiled in a turbulent relationship with an opposition activist, Jing, who is at the forefront of the democratic struggle for change; and in Australia, Beth's second home, she is dismayed to see politicians on all sides focus on turning back the boats, stopping queue jumpers, controlling the borders of 'the lucky country'.

Eat First, Talk Later is a beautifully written, absorbing memoir of a country considered one of the multi-racial success stories of South-East Asia, with many fascinating but deeply troubling sides to it. It's a book about how we tell family and national stories; about love and betrayal; home and belonging; and about the joys of food.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Vintage Australia , 2015 .
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      Extent: 352p.p.
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      • Published 1 September 2015.
      ISBN: 9780857986863

Works about this Work

What to Leave Out Sophia Barnes , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , February 2016;

— Review of Second Half First Drusilla Modjeska 2015 single work autobiography ; Eat First, Talk Later : A Memoir of Food, Family and Home Beth Yahp 2015 single work biography ; The Women's Pages Debra Adelaide 2015 single work novel
[Untitled] Robyn Douglass , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 October 2015; (p. 29)

— Review of Eat First, Talk Later : A Memoir of Food, Family and Home Beth Yahp 2015 single work biography
Patchwork Hilary McPhee , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 376 2015; (p. 10)

— Review of Eat First, Talk Later : A Memoir of Food, Family and Home Beth Yahp 2015 single work biography
Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
[Untitled] Robyn Douglass , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 October 2015; (p. 29)

— Review of Eat First, Talk Later : A Memoir of Food, Family and Home Beth Yahp 2015 single work biography
Patchwork Hilary McPhee , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 376 2015; (p. 10)

— Review of Eat First, Talk Later : A Memoir of Food, Family and Home Beth Yahp 2015 single work biography
What to Leave Out Sophia Barnes , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , February 2016;

— Review of Second Half First Drusilla Modjeska 2015 single work autobiography ; Eat First, Talk Later : A Memoir of Food, Family and Home Beth Yahp 2015 single work biography ; The Women's Pages Debra Adelaide 2015 single work novel
Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
Last amended 12 Jun 2015 09:00:48
Subjects:
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    Malaysia,
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Settings:
  • Kuala Lumpur,
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    Malaysia,
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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